What is it?
Seat sees the Ibiza ST as a good-value alternative to Audi's A3 Sportback. But really the ST is simply a five-door Ibiza with an extra 180mm on the tail and 138 litres more boot space, making an impressive 430 litres.
A Peugeot 207 SW or a Skoda Fabia estate are more the ST's quarry, then, even if Seat does tout the ST as the most stylish small estate car in the universe.
What’s it like?
With the longer rear overhang to add to the already long front one, the ST looks over-bodied from the side. But more important is its usefulness, which is not all it could be.
There's a useful extra rear shelf under the main one, both rigid, and the rear seat cushions fold forward to make space for the backrests to fold down. Despite this, there's still a step from boot floor to folded backrest. More annoying is that a tall driver has to move the driving seat forward before attempting the rear-seat fold, otherwise there's no room.
The ST is the first Ibiza to get the three-cylinder, 74bhp, 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine and, as tested here, the 1.2-litre petrol TSI with 104bhp.